jlj @twt.nfld.uk


An expat Canadian, confusing Brits for more than a decade. Grab a chair; he's just gettin' started – Maintainer of nfld.uk.

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@prologic (#uhj2tiq) Tandem bicycling for the visually impaired. This was a chance for our new volunteers to practice with our tandems.

I helped found it back in 2016, but have stepped back a bit in recent years. I’m building them a new website, though: tandemonium.fun

Need to blog about the day now and link to the video.


Boy, it’s been a steep learning curve, fighting with scalable vector graphics (SVG) over the last few days. Didn’t have @xuu@txt.sour.is to fix my logo this time. 😆

Still very much a work in progress, but at least I can switch to a dark theme by default now. Next step would be making it theme-sensitive, I guess.


Great post!

… The downsides of extending support obligations for proprietary software in contrast to directly opening up aftermarket economies and reuse possibilities through the publication of source code under a Free Software license is manifold: what time span of support seems appropriate for electronic devices in general and others in particular? Is it three years, five years, seven years? Will the decision of today still be valid and up to date at the end of this decade? Even worse, this approach does not fundamentally help one of the core problems of our digital societies which is an e-waste overflow of often still pretty well-working devices that have only been thrown away because a proprietary manufacturer decided to stop support of the device. An extended support obligation does not solve this problem at its core - it just postpones the often unnecessary growth of e-waste for a certain time. Last but not least it takes away the freedom of manufacturers to not continue support for a certain device if, for example, it does not sell well enough…

Ecodesign Directive: FSFE calls for Device Neutrality and Upcycling of Software


Highly mixed feelings about this new That’s Humanism campaign from Humanists UK. (Disclosure: I consider myself a humanist.)

Pros: 1) So clear in the effort and energy invested in it; 2) not fusty or cult-like; and 3) Stephen Fry (which should be first, obviously).

Cons: 1) It’s that dang style of art that, now that I watched that video I linked to a month back or so, I can’t actually take in anymore; my eyeballs just slide off it, bored; and 2) while they do talk about community and supporting one another, I can’t help but feel that, overall, the primary message is one of individualism.

I’m not sure the world needs more of that, right now.


Couldn’t agree more.

”… During a pandemic, rapid behavioural change is crucial, so people cannot be asked to ‘keep calm and carry on’. They need clear information if they are to take the crisis seriously enough to listen and to know how to act. In early March 2020, that was my message on social media, in the media and, ultimately, to the Danish government…”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02758-2 (emphasis mine)


(#tox6uya) @adi@f.adi.onl Ah, looks like it; not officially, anyway. The list is more dynamic than you might think. My model dropped off the supported list earlier this year, for example. (But I’m still very happy with just getting updates for v17.1; it’s still miles better than the ancient version of Android I was running on a Samsung J5, from 2016!)


@adi@f.adi.onl (#73zhdta) Just expensive, for what you get. But I love the idea, and will definitely be looking forward to where they go in the next few years.

Ethically, I was just as happy grabbing an old phone that had already been built five years ago. Much cheaper too: a quarter of what I would’ve spent.


I’ve been thinking a lot about how we as a society partition and signpost communal spaces; how we attempt to ensure not only that everyone is safe, but that they feel safe, and welcome.

I wonder whether we’re seeing the end of communal changing areas, restrooms, etc. In care work, my focus was person-centric; that’s fine on the scale of that charity, but can we really design a public space with that as a goal? I don’t know. But Professor Stock isn’t the first person to express misgivings in this space, and, beyond what I too feel is a defence of liberty itself, I find myself coming back, again and again, to questions that echo her concerns.

”… A university has no obligation to shield impressionable minds from opinions they may find challenging and even offensive. On the contrary it has a duty to ensure that a full spectrum of views are aired without restraint. It is no hyperbole to say that the defence of Professor Stock, a cogent thinker and valiant voice for women’s rights, is now the defence of liberty itself.”



Wow. A huge reason to avoid GApps on LineageOS!

“… LineageOS sends similar volumes of data to Google as these proprietary Android variants, but we do not observe the LineageOS developers themselves collecting data nor pre-installed system apps other than those of Google…”

Source: An LWN article about a Trinity College study (my emphasis)

Btw, I find that summary to be poorly worded; one could be forgiven for assuming that the bare LineageOS install sends heaps of data to Google. I don’t think this is actually what they’re saying, having read what I think are the relevant parts of the paper. They did use GApps on their test device, and talk about how all Play Store usage is tied to a Google account.

I’m not saying that the spoofing done by the Aurora Store app is bulletproof, but I do think that that configuration—which I run—gets you much closer to the /e/OS level of protection than this study implies.